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Pregnant teenager and boyfriend died in crash after road sign was turned the wrong way

Pregnant teenager and boyfriend died in crash after road sign was turned the wrong way

Josh Alexander, 21, was killed along with his partner Jessica Poole, 18, A pregnant teenager and her boyfriend died in a crash after a give way sign had been turned the wrong way, an inquest heard. Jessica Poole, an 18-year-old lifeguard, and Josh Alexander, 21, a personal trainer, died from their injuries at the scene of the crash in June last year. The couple’s car collided with a skip lorry at the crossroad junction of Plurenden Road and Bethersden Road in Woodchurch, near Ashford. Pc Simon Masterson, a forensic collision investigator at Kent Police, told the inquest: “There were no warning signs at Plurenden Road of the crossroads ahead. This could have caused confusion to the driver approaching. “The worn lines and the rotated sign could have been a contributing factor.” The give way sign on Plurenden Road was rotated 61 degrees and road markings were faded in several places, the court heard. The scene of the crash with give way sign circled – GOOGLE MAPS The couple had been on their way to work …

Paedophile who subjected child to campaign of horrifying abuse jailed for 18 years

Paedophile who subjected child to campaign of horrifying abuse jailed for 18 years

A terrifying-looking paedophile who subjected a child to years of sexual abuse and rape in Kent has been locked behind bars for 18 years. Stefan Farbrother, 47, was convicted of a string of offences over a period of five years during the 1990s. This had included restraining his victim with handcuffs and holding a knife to their throat, causing a “catastrophic” impact on their adult life. Concerns were initially raised to Kent Police in 2018, which led to him being charged with offences dated between 1991 and 1997. These included seven counts of rape and multiple indecent assaults. Despite denying any wrongdoing, he was convicted by unanimous verdicts on all accounts at Maidstone Crown Court and has now been jailed. He has also been added to the sex offenders register for life. Detective Sergeant Adam Ferguson said: “Farbrother targeted the victim over a period of many years. He subjected them to the most appalling and terrifying campaign of abuse, using violence and threats which included restraining them with handcuffs and holding a knife to their …

Man, woman and dog die following horror BMW crash in Kent

Man, woman and dog die following horror BMW crash in Kent

Thurnham Lane in Bearsted (Google Maps) Two pedestrians and a dog died after a collision with a BMW X5 in Maidstone, Kent Police said. The man and woman, both in their 60s, were walking a dog in Thurnham Lane, Bearsted, when the fatal crash happened at about 1.40pm on Saturday. Officers attended the scene along with South East Coast Ambulance Service, but all three were pronounced dead. “At around 1.40pm on Saturday January 20 2024, the driver of a black BMW X5 was involved in a collision with two pedestrians who were walking a dog in Thurnham Lane,” a police statement said. “Officers attended the scene along with South East Coast Ambulance Service where both pedestrians, a man and a woman in their 60s, along with the dog, were pronounced deceased at the scene.” Police are appealing for witnesses. The force has not said if the BMW driver stopped afterwards. “Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any other information or dashcam footage prior to, or at the time of the collision, is urged …